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    Alton Study

    The Alton Study has been produced by Urban Initiatives on behalf of East Hampshire District Council as part of the evidence base for the Joint Core Strategy. It is a snapshot of long term development scenarios that the Consultants have developed at a strategic level.

    The purpose of the Alton Study is twofold; first to demonstrate that in principle the levels of development that are emerging through the Joint Core Strategy are potentially deliverable. The proposed level of new housing allocation for Alton is 700 new homes up to 2028. The Alton Study shows the 700 home target to be potentially deliverable from a variety of sites included in any of the 3 main scenarios. Each site has its own issues which would need to be addressed in detail at later stages in the planning process.

    Secondly the Alton Study proposes a vision for the future of the town. This provides a framework for the local conversation about the long term future of development in the town over the next 20 - 50 years; well beyond the 2028 period of the Joint Core Strategy. The topography of the town and infrastructure constraints raise significant issues for future development, therefore discussions about the long term future need to start as soon as possible.

    It must be noted that the District Council is not committed to any of the Strategic Housing Land Availability (SHLAA) sites in the various scenarios in the Alton Study; they are all potential sites that have been put forward by landowners/developers as being available. It is also likely that more sites could emerge as the process continues over the next couple of years. The detailed work on deciding which sites could make up the allocation target will be done either through a District Council led Local Plan: Allocations or a locally led Neighbourhood Plan.

    Local Stakeholder groups have also been engaged in the Alton Study. The local knowledge that these stakeholders have brought to the report has been invaluable. However, the inclusion of a local group or individual member does not in any way convey the support of either the group or individual for any of the sites or the growth scenarios included.

    The Alton Study is a snapshot of evidence. It provides both a framework for conversations about the longer term future of the town and demonstrates at a strategic level that there is the potential to meet the 700 home allocation emerging through the Joint Core Strategy during the plan period up to 2028.

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